South African model Thando Hopa, deemed the “new face of fashion” earlier this year, is defying prejudice with her beauty, albeit as a woman with albinism.
Johannesburg-based photographer Justin Dingwall captures her essence and an elegant shoot he titles ALBUS (“white” in Latin), some of which will soon appear in Forbes Magazine. He explains:
Beauty is found in all shapes, sizes and colors. It can also be colorless, which is the point being proven and celebrated through a wave of models with albinism – a condition affecting melanin production that results in little or no pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.
This South African woman named Thando Hopa is full-time legal prosecutor and now fashion model and she is using her new-found fame to negate the taboo surrounding albinism. I have been fortunate enough to photograph her for numerus publications including Forbes Magazine.
See shots from the gorgeous fashion shoot below.